How do you overcome the ‘Yeah, but . . .” syndrome? It’s oh so tempting to respond to critique with the dreaded ‘Yeah, but . . .’ – the temptation to explain why you wrote something the way you wrote it.
My advice is delay a rebuttal. You might be surprised what your brain does with the critique if you let it mull over what’s been said. If the answer comes to you in the middle of the night, be sure to write it down.
My reader, Sue is particularly good at pointing out where I need more emotion in a scene.
My reader, Janice points out where I need one level of emotion for the main characters and another for the secondary characters.
They are usually right. They don’t tell me how to fix a problem, only that the scene has one. Invaluable, but only if I’m willing to hear them.
My trick – I don’t respond to critique right away. I listen to it, go away and think about it, and then I have a non-emotional response and can decide logically if I want to make the requested changes or not.
- A Critique Is a Gift – It Contains Choices and Possibilities (joanyedwards.wordpress.com)